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Meet the new Board of Directors for PMI OVOC

May 2nd saw PMI OVOC's Annual Board Meeting for 2014 at the Delta City Center. The Meeting got started promptly at 4:30pm with 60 members in attendance and 74 proxies to ensure we met Quorum and were able to ratify amendments to the bylaws.

After a lovely word of welcome from Derek Hughes, and of course the first door prize of the evening, Yvan Bastien took the stage and reviewed the Chapter financials for 2012 and 2013. Yvan discussed how changing the ABM date from January to May now allowed for a review of the previous year's financial, whereas in previous years we were reviewing financials from two years back.
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 Upcoming Events

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PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar May 24, 2014
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PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar May 28, 2014
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Spring Weekender PMP Prep May 23-June 1, 2014
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PMI OVOC Breakfast June 11, 2014
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PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar June 21, 2014
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PMI OVOC Exam Prep Study Groups: New dates!

PMI OVOC operates a PMP Prep study group under the guidance Abdallah Abi-Aad. The dates for the Study Groups are stated below and run from 600 PM-8:00 PM.

The objectives of these sessions are as follows:

• Help participants to understand the PMBOK® knowledge areas using the Process Groups flow
• Answer participants questions related to the PMP exam or 5th PMBOK® knowledge areas
• Discuss areas where participants need clarification or help
• Review PMP practice questions

Session Dates:
April 30th, 2014 – Initiating and Planning Process Groups will be covered.
May 14th, 2014 – Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing Process Groups will be covered.
May 28th, 2014 - Initiating and Planning Process Groups will be covered.
June 11th, 2014 - Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing Process Groups will be covered.

Number of participants: 3-5 per session. Location will be communicated later to the participant.

If interested in participating, please contact Abdallah directly at aabiad@sympatico.ca.

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Masters of change
PMI
In a world fueled by change, project practitioners — the people who truly understand it — should be revered, said author Jon Duschinsky, a keynote speaker on the third day of PMI® Global Congress 2014 — EMEA. "And yet you're not," he said. "A project manager isn't respected within society. But it's time to change the conversation around what you do by changing our words and our thinking."
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6 rules to boost co-operation
The Globe and Mail
For the past 100 years, management has shifted between periods of hard and soft. Hard is the scientific, analytical approach that traces back to mechanical engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor's efforts to improve industrial efficiency, while the soft approach is the human relations thinking that came out of Australian psychologist Elton Mayo's work. These days, companies try to combine both, in a managerial yin-yang.
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How to hire a great project manager
Forbes
Entrepreneurs and businesses require finding people that can be critical to their success. Unfortunately, too many seem to go about it in the wrong way, especially when hiring project managers. This article is to help hiring managers improve their practices to find the best project managers for their needs.
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Handling difficulties
The Tao of Project Management
All projects run into difficulties from time to time and poor project managers may well be responsible for some of these difficulties themselves. Some project managers actually seem to encourage difficulties by their actions. Even worse, some project managers try to ignore difficult situations, but this can result in the need for hectic activities from the team to sort out the problem when they finally face up to it.
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5 ways to think and act like an effective project manager
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The idea of a project plan is straight-forward enough, but these days we have specialists for every aspect of project management which has left the normal business professional to think that project management is a specialty they either need to learn and know fully themselves, or they must hire such expertise.

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5 lessons to ensure project management success
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Everyone takes on projects, but effectively managing a project means the difference between failure and success. The project management function is integral to the oversight of projects, from conception to completion, and the use of effective techniques helps to complete project work on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to the business.

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Round table: Programme and project management
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It used to be believed that one of Britain's earliest major projects — Stonehenge — was overseen by the wizard Merlin. And whether the magician was involved or not, its construction will certainly have demanded almost supernatural building skills, organizational abilities and workforce management.
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How to project manage your career
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Have you ever tried to catch a running train? There was a time when careers were as predictable as a train running on a reliable schedule. We would climb aboard our career train after graduating from college or university, and comfortably ride it until the next stop — be it a promotion, a new job or retirement.
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3 key challenges in effective project risk management
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Major challenges in managing risks and opportunities on large construction projects in Australia remain much the same today as they have for several decades and include the need to foster integration within project teams, understand and manage the project scope and be realistic about costs and schedules upfront, a leading risk management consultant based in Sydney says.
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Simplifying assumptions
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Simplifying assumptions don't change reality; they simply allow us to ignore low-probability events so we can proceed with making plans. And when the law of probabilities finally asserts itself, we may suddenly realize that we accepted a risk. Of course, there's nothing wrong with making simplifying assumptions, nor is there anything wrong with accepting selected risks. The problem arises when we make these simplifying assumptions without noting the potential impact associated with the events we're removing from consideration.
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